Marinated Lamb Kebabs: 1000 Calorie Counted Recipes Challenge

This part of my 1000 Calorie Counted Recipes Challenge, where I’m aiming to cook every recipe from The 1000 Calorie Counted Recipes by Carolyn Humphries. It’s an amazing book… but there are no pictures!


Marinated Lamb Kebabs | 350* calories per serving | Serves 2

*Please note, this is from the 350 calories per portion section, but I used 100g lamb per portion rather than 87g so my version will be a bit more


  • 200g lamb, trimmed of all fat (this took me about 15-20 minutes!)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped herbs (I used oregano and mint)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 red pepper
  • button mushrooms

How to Make Recipe

  1. Trim any fat from the lamb and slice into, sort of, squares. The recipe calls for dicing but I was unsure of cooking times, so diced them and then cut them in half again (as you can see above).
  2. Put the meat in a bowl and add the lemon juice, herbs and salt and pepper.
  3. Leave to marinate for about an hour.
  4. Thread the lamb, peppers and button mushrooms onto skewers.
  5. Grill for about 10 minutes, turning at regular intervals.
  6. Serve with your chosen sides.

The Verdict

Flavour: 4
(1= flavourless, 5= delicious)

Satisfaction: 4
(1= unsatisfying, 5= satisfying considering low cal!)

Ease of Preparation: 2 – the trimming took a long time, and all kebab skewering is fiddly.
(1= difficult, 5= easy)

Aftermath Factor: 3
(1= tons of washing up, 5= one pot wonder)

I sensed that this dinner had the potential to be a bit dry, so to avoid the temptation of fatty sauces I also grilled some cherry tomatoes for the side. I served the dish with a sort-of low fat coleslaw (shredded white cabbage, carrot spring and spring onion with squeezed lemon – it’s so versatile, we had it with the Butterless Butter Chicken Curry yesterday) and wholemeal pitta.

This dinner had a lot of flavour, but I had to resist the urge to brush olive oil on the skewers or have a big dollop of houmous on the side. I bet that would have tasted awesome…

What bad-for-you things do you find hard to resist adding to recipes, or on the side of finished dishes?


This part of my 1000 Calorie Counted Recipes Challenge <- click the link if you want to find out what it’s all about and see the recipes I’ve already tried. Please note that I tinker with recipe ingredients and meander from the method – the recipe above will deviate slightly from the original book and the method is just the way I happened to cook it this time!

2 responses to “Marinated Lamb Kebabs: 1000 Calorie Counted Recipes Challenge

  1. Laura @ Kneadwhine July 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Ha – I made kebabs today too! Halloumi and veg though, so no trimming lamb issues.

    I can’t help but want garlic bread…. or mayo.

    • frolickingfoodie July 22, 2013 at 7:08 am

      Oh yes, grilled halloumi. I think I might have enjoyed that even more, actually! I have a little garlic bread shortcut that I’ll try and blog about – I love it too!

      Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

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